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French Studies: Books & Theses

Library resources for the study of French and Francophone language, literature, and culture.

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Search Tips for Finding Books

  • Any - broadest type of search.  Type in the keywords that broadly describe your topic.  For example: littérature francophone feministe. On the results screen choose the Resource Types "Print Books and eBooks" from the left toolbar.
  • Title - search for a specific book by title. Type in the first few words of the book title in quotations.  For example: "chanson douce". On the results screen choose the Resource Types "Print Books and eBooks" from the left toolbar.
  • Author - Use Advanced Search. Choose "author/creator" from the drop-down. Enter author name, e.g. Leïla Slimani. Use filters (such as books, ebooks) to narrow results.

Note down the library name and call number -- you need this information to locate the book.

Recent books in French & Francophone Studies at UW Libraries

Browsing French

It's not easy to browse our collections because we have so much!  We recommend doing a search in UW Libraries Search, finding a few call numbers, and then browsing a specific area, rather than browsing broadly. 

LOC (Library of Congress) Classification call number ranges:

  • DC33-39.3 French Social Life & Customs
  • GR160-162.5 French Folklore
  • PC2001-3761 French Language
  • PQ1100-3999 French Literature
  • PQ1-771 French Literature (History & Criticism)

Just Want a Good Book to Read?

Enter an author you like on Literature Map or find recommendations on Goodreads and then search UW Libraries.

Finding Dissertations & Theses

The ARTFL Project

E-collection of French language texts spanning the 12th-20th centuries.  Includes FRANTEXT; French Women Writers Database; Encyclopédie de Diderot; Provencal Poetry; Textes de Français Ancien; Trésor de la Langue Française dictionary; etc.

Free E-Books